gifts is the latest site-based work by choreographer Shannon Hummel. In the 20th anniversary season of her company Cora Dance, Hummel pushes the limits of confinement and imagination, sequestering dancers and audience in an intensely isolated location – undisclosed until performance – to paint a harsh world where value is defined by circumstance. gifts calls into question whether persistent belief in future rewards is worth pushing through and dismissing the accessible pleasures of the present moment. A journey of textures, tastes, sounds, smells, and images – real and imagined – gifts is a frank look at a world absent of sensuality whose possibilities for rejuvenation are available only in the imagination.
gifts features choreography and direction by Cora Dance Artistic Director Shannon Hummel in collaboration with Cora Dance company members Katie Dean and Kelsey Kramer, original score by composer Hans Bilger, scenic consultation by Andromache Chalfant, scenic design and construction by Scott Pfaffman, lighting design by Severn Clay-Youman, costume design and construction by Maria Kofman. Project Manager and Company Assistant, Nicole Assanti.
Location: Performances take place in the neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Purchasers will receive specific instructions via email prior to the performance date to provide venue location and instructions.**
*A limited number of $15 discounted tickets are available upon request. Those requiring a discount to attend, email Project Manager, Nicole Assanti at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the code or call 718-858-2520. $30 full price ticket holders receive FREE admission to the Gifts Post-Performance Dance Party Bash at THE NEST, 610 Smith St #J, Brooklyn, NY 11231 on Saturday, January 26, 10pm-1am (or beyond if the grooves won’t stop!). Tunes spun by Snicklefritz (DJ for Burning Man). FREE for those with $30 tickets. $20 at the door for all others.
**TRIGGER AND SAFETY NOTICE: Those uncomfortable in confined spaces are advised that gifts takes place in a small, enclosed space that may cause discomfort or anxiety for some viewers. Audience will be able to exit at any point if necessary. In addition, the venue is not ADA accessible and climbing a flight of stairs is required to view the work. Those wishing to attend who have concerns about the environment or its accessibility, please contact Project Manager, Nicole Assanti at email@example.com and Cora will do its best to make accommodations. Cora is planning performances at a future date in a more traditional performance venue that is ADA accessible to accommodate those unable to attend due to these restrictions.